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A Chaos-Driven Path to Single Payer?

Yet another strong indication has emerged that this may be the plan.

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Tom Blumer

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January 8, 2014 - 12:02 am
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Those who have resisted the idea that the HealthCare.gov web site and Obamacare in general may have been intentionally designed to create confusion and chaos as a means for imposing a single-payer healthcare system on a currently unwilling populace are going to have a tough time explaining away yet another recently discovered “quirk.”

To be clear, I’m not claiming, as some have inferred from previous columns, that there is a widely orchestrated chaos-creation plan, or that any attempt to capitalize on the current bedlam to impose single-payer is destined to succeed. What I am saying is that the evidence supporting the idea that certain of Obamacare’s key players are determined to try continues to mount.

The latest “nobody’s this stupid and incompetent” revelation is that Obamacare’s enrollment system “lacks a way for consumers to quickly and easily update their coverage for the birth of a baby and other common life changes.”

Press reports indicate that it’s literally impossible to add a new child to an existing health plan once a person or household has enrolled. That’s not all. HealthCare.gov also cannot handle “marriage and divorce, a death in the family, a new job or a change in income, (or) even moving to a different community.”

No one should try to verify the existence of these problems on their own. That’s because the web site is such a security nightmare that outside IT experts have publicly stated that it’s too dangerous for a user concerned about the privacy of their personal data (i.e., anyone with a brain) to use. As if that’s not enough, in late September, the chief information security officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “told congressional interviewers that she explicitly recommended denial of the website’s Authority to Operate.” She “was overruled by her superiors.”

As red flags for true intentions go, Obamacare’s inability to accommodate common life changes is an even stronger indicator than the failures previously identified.

As to security, I suppose it’s possible for designers to be so ignorant that they believe it’s something they can layer in later instead of following currently accepted protocols which call for baking it in from the outset. As to the lack of progress in building a system to process billions of dollars in subsidy payments to insurers, it’s theoretically but barely conceivable that the administration is telling the truth when it insists, in essence, that “we just haven’t been able to get to that.”

But HealthCare.gov’s life changes bust takes things to a whole new level. Has anyone, anywhere, ever built an interactive database which is unable to interact, i.e., to handle fundamental changes in key information once it has been entered? Who would even think of doing this? It’s overwhelmingly likely that a programming team would have to deliberately decide to exclude the ability to carry out such basic functions during the initial design process.

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So how has Canada's single payer system lasted 50 years?

Waiting lists.

See www.cihi.ca for the stats. A few stats are good; many aren't. Basically, every service is rationed. No, they don't tell you that you can't have that procedure. What they do instead is cap the doctor's annual payment, and tell him to stop working when he's performed x procedures for the year. Rationing.

There was a huge foofaraw a few years ago when the then Premier of Newfoundland, Danny Williams, went to Miami for heart surgery. The healthcare lobby was furious with him.

We also don't cover vision, dental and pharmaceutical. That's still purchased privately, often (shock!) through your employer. Or, working stiffs just don't get their teeth fixed.

No, folks, the Canadian system is not the answer.
36 weeks ago
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As author Blumer reports, right now the Obama administration is just simply screwing with us. The real fun begins when they decide to put down any discontent that manifests itself at the polls, in state governments, and in the non-MSM media. That's when we will see reputations being destroyed, bank accounts drained, IRS audits, prison sentences, hefty fines imposed, careers ruined, businesses destroyed, and a whole new class of citizens to be hated and vilified as unappreciative right-wing tantrum throwers by the propaganda machine.

We are just now in the rather benign "screwin' with us" phase. The collectivists are too close to snatching the brass ring to pull back now .... and they won't.
36 weeks ago
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You're giving them too much credit, intellectually. These are people who believe they can fix the world by writing lots of regulations. They're the sort who passed a law (yes I remember the elder Bush signed it) requiring Braille on drive-thru ATM keyboards. Our current President said out loud that he wanted to give an island chain full of angry Muslims to Argentina, for Pete's sake!

Yes, they really are this stupid. You can see the proof when you listen to them talk about this disaster: they know they can make it work, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary and the history they have screwing up other stuff in the past. All they need is more power, and more time, and they can make this work...but when they fail, they'll just ask for more, endlessly...
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35 weeks ago
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I have long suspected that Obamacare was set up as a temporary stage to "single payer" and was designed to make "single payer" more easy to swallow. I suspected this partly because the Left is used to tactics like Cloward Piven and also because they like to take away freedom and put in subsidy or security instead, so the voters get addicted to big government. However the big ugly failures to the website are not needed for such a strategy. It may be that another aspect of Leftism is at work. Lefties do not admire virtue. They do not understand "Be perfect, as your father in Heaven is perfect." They think that they can be evil on the inside and still make a better world. So they do not try to grow in love for their enemies, nor do they think that truthfulness is an ideal we should aim for. This makes them very careless with the facts. Detail is too hard. That in turn makes it hard for them to govern or manage big projects. Obama himself never had to manage anything before he became POTUS. I suspect that the Left did not really care very much that Obamacare is going to reduce life expectancy for about 70% of the population. They did not believe it was going to happen and/or if it did they thought they could expalin it away to their core supporters. When Obamacare became a real-life experience it was too late. They were not going to admit they treated the Republicans with contempt. They still think they can tough it out and their core supporters will not leave them. However I think they are embarrassed by the obvious incompetence of the government compared to the private sector. Their tactics to cope with that failure is simply to tough it out and carry on, hoping that luck will turn their way.
36 weeks ago
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The mainstream media ignored it, but Obama said on camera that PPACA was designed as a step toward single-payer. The plan was to get everyone on ACA-approved insurance, have costs rise, hassles increase, doctors withdraw causing long waits, etc. The government with its media partners would blame the insurers, the doctors, the hospitals , etc. for the problems and push for what essentially would be Medicare for all. The need to push back employer-based conversion to ACA, and the complete screw-up of the launch of ACA for individuals has ruined the hopes of left-wingers. Medicare for all won't happen for a long time, if ever.
36 weeks ago
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Unmarried nuns are supporting a single-prayer health plan.
36 weeks ago
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The American people won't be buying this sell. There's only so long you'll a lie before it becomes obvious. The intention no doubt aimed at single-payer, but it ultimately won't get there cause we aren't falling for this $hit any longer. His job approval is horrible and Obamacare numbers even worse.
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It's both. Incompetence and evil; the twin towers of the destruction of the greatest culture and societal framework ever designed by mankind.

Why? For power, that's why. Power and wealth. They can and will destroy 90% of the wealth of the strongest country yet devised, and still control more power and wealth than any other aristocracy ever. By far. That is what it is all about. And they will do ANYTHING to achieve it.
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How can this incompetence be allowed to go unchecked? My insurance is under the FEHB (Federal Employees Health Benefits) program, and its online system has worked flawlessly and clearly for the several years I have been using it. Considering that it is possible to have safe and WORKING systems under the government, I am beginning to believe the accusations that this administration is deliberately trying to foist an unworkable system on the public, for reasons based on the Cloward-Piven ideas.
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There is no such thing as single payer healthcare anywhere in the world. No where. No place. No time. No how. Has not and will never happen. Fact. Look it up. Not canada, the UK, anyplace.
36 weeks ago
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Cute!

They still play those word games in junior high?
36 weeks ago
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Senator Reid and President Obama have always said this was the first step to socialized medicine. They told their followers that years ago. Anyone who doesn't believe full socialized medicine is the end game here is deliberately refusing to listen to facts.
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The thing is, a while back, all of them, Democrats and Republicans came to the realization that there are just too many Baby Boomers around for the Medicare system as originally constructed, to work as it did for the WW 2 generation when there were 10-12 people working for each person collecting. There are just too many people in the age group where people who should be working are now collecting. The government consensus is that given a choice, younger people will be the ones chosen to be served when the time for rationing takes place.
A 40 year old needing heart surgery will receive it before. a 70 year old.
That is why $500. Billion dollars was cut from Medicare in order to make the system operable. The very wealthy will pay for good medical care out of their own pockets and pay plenty for it. Those in the middle to lower middle class and most seniors, will wind up in the clinics.
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"Logan's Run" - becoming reality in a nation near you, in the near future.
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"...lacks a way for consumers to quickly and easily update their coverage for the birth of a baby and other common life changes.”

Press reports indicate that it’s literally impossible to add a new child to an existing health plan once a person or household has enrolled. That’s not all. HealthCare.gov also cannot handle “marriage and divorce, a death in the family, a new job or a change in income, (or) even moving to a different community.”

Written by recent college grads. All single with no interest in marriage. No children or any interest in having any. Still in the age group that see's marriage and kids as a trap. And young enough that death is only a vague concept. They've never known someone who died. Except maybe a Grandparent ('but you know Gran was old and we didn't see her that much so it wasn't such a big deal really...') In their first real job. So absolutely no frame of reference for the real life of adults.
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